At the behest of the Obama administration, the Labor Department is considering applying child labor laws to family farms. The new rules would essentially prevent children from participating in a majority of the work, which would in turn prevent them from learning the family business, animal husbandry and would separate them further from the traditions of their families and the cycles of nature.
To make matters even worse, the federal government would no longer recognize or accept the safety and training certifications by groups like the FFA and 4-H, but would instead institute it’s own training course program. Once again the federal government is sticking its nose into affairs in which it has no business doing so. Families who have been farming for generations are going to be impacted the most because as usual, giant corporate farms will be exempt from any of the new rules or regulations.
This is just another example of the continued attack by the federal government on the supply chain which provides the healthy food we eat; they’re trying to guarantee that GMO, pesticide-laden, ‘junk’ food is the only option at your store and when you think you can get around it by growing your own, they drown you in stupid rules and regulations and make it damn near impossible to accomplish.
What makes this whole thing disgusting is that it has all be done through executive orders, rather than putting it to a vote in Congress. While most of us are unhappy with some that group about something, it’s still the group that this kind of stuff is supposed to go through…otherwise, why not just make the President a King and be done with it?!
Write your representatives, call them as well, and put pressure on them to draft legislation to reverse this ridiculous application of the law. Your children learn by doing the things you teach them, how has it ever been wrong to teach them to grow food and raise livestock?